Colaba Junction inhabits a store front at the corner of College and Bay. It’s a new quick-service Indian eatery that’s going way beyond classic curries.
Traditional thali sets featuring the daily meat or veg curry represent just a small fraction on the expansive offerings from chef Ajay Sharna. Meanwhile, street foods, snacks, sandwiches and a unique lineup of curries dominate the menu.
Butter chicken isn’t absent, but it’s hardly recognizable. Find the rich, creamy tomato makhani here swimming with chicken tikka meatballs ($12.50), or opt for the entirely novel White Butter Chicken ($12.50) featuring morsels of char-flavoured chicken in a white sauce enriched with cashew nut paste and white truffle oil.
The Paneer Lasagne ($12.50) looks like some sort of Italian-Indian hybrid, but the flavours are distinctly Indian. The vegetarian dish is composed of thinly sliced sheets of paneer layered with eggplant bharta and smothered in goji berry makhani.
From the selection of sandwiches, discover the deliciousness that is Bombay Bachelors ($7.50), lightly griddled white bread with masala aloo bhaji and crispy veggies pressed in between.
The restaurant is awaiting its liquor license so for now chai teas (from $2.70) and mango lassis laced with fennel ($4.50) take the spotlight.
Still room for dessert? Look forward to samosas oozing dark Godiva chocolate ($5.50) and cannoli ($5.50) filled with Mishti Doi, a sweet fermented yogurt.
Address: 801 Bay St, Toronto